ZAG project is based on the design of a directory of parametric 3D models (allowing to vary independently and precisely the “parts” that constitute it, and thus to generate different versions, at will), then the experimentation of many structural variants.
This protocol, which combines programming, methodology, intuition and experience, is made up of a back and forth between modelling, handling the parts produced and observing the machine’s behaviour (facilitated by the technical transparency of FDM 3D printing).
Identification of possible properties
First, it was necessary to distinguish a certain number of potential structural qualities, specific to additive manufacturing, in order to diversify the experiments.
Design of parametric 3D models and generation of variants
The most interesting samples were the subject of experiment sheets, which summarize all the important information about them (reference, main parameters used, sample properties, etc.).
The ZAG project is an exploration of the potential of 3D wire deposition printing. This research aims to highlight the specific qualities of this manufacturing technique (see ZAG Project: introduction).